Wolf Reacts to Huawei, ZTE Reports

October 8, 2012 5:42 pmBy: 
photo

Rep. Frank Wolf

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) reacted today to the report by the House Intelligence Committee warning American companies not to do business with Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei LTD and ZTE Corp:

“The House Intelligence Committee’s exhaustive report confirms what many have suspected for years: Huawei and ZTE’s relationship with the Chinese Peoples’ Liberation Army is too opaque to allow them to command and control U.S. telecom networks.  Their obstruction of the committee’s investigation further demonstrates that they are not trusted partners for the U.S. government and business community,”
Wolf said in a statement.  “Given the bipartisan findings in the committee’s report, it would be unwise for any American company or government agency to use Huawei or ZTE products.  American firms currently using or selling these products should quickly divest in the interest of their customers and their country.

“As chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the FBI, the Justice Department and the Commerce Department, as well as federal science agencies leading cutting-edge research, I included language in the fiscal year 2013 appropriations bill that passed the House earlier this year prohibiting the purchase of telecom equipment produced by Chinese state-owned or state-directed companies, like Huawei and ZTE, for these very reasons.  I was pleased the report’s first recommendation directs all federal agencies to similarly prohibit these risky products moving forward.”

Wolf noted he has long worked to call attention to growing cyber threat from China and successfully pushed to prioritize cybersecurity programs in the fiscal year 2012 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, including providing significant increases to the FBI’s joint cyber task force.  In addition, Wolf, the chairman of the House Appropriations CJS subcommittee, directed the FBI to produce an annual unclassified cyber report and required each federal agency under the subcommittee’s jurisdiction to vet its IT equipment purchases.

Wolf said he plans to take even more significant steps in next year, including adopting many of China commission’s recommendations to deal with the threat.

In March Wolf testified at a U.S.-China Security and Economic Review Commission field hearing in Prince William County.  In addition, he gave a speech on the House floor expressing growing concern about Huawei’s links to the Peoples Liberation Army and Chinese intelligence services as it aggressively pursues a greater market share in the United States.  Wolf also has been critical of American lobbying firms who have taken on Huawei and ZTE as clients.

 

Comments

More Top Stories

  • Politics Top Stories Warner, Kaine urge GAO probe of highway guardrails

    Warner, Kaine urge GAO probe of highway guardrails

    U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) are asking the Government Accountability Office for a formal investigation into the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) process for evaluating the safety of roadside hardware, including guardrails that have been implicated in more than a dozen serious accidents – some fatal – nationwide, including in Virginia. “The developments over the past several months raise serious questions about the effectiveness of the current framework for evaluating the reliability and integrity of roadside hardware products, […]

    Read more →
  • Police & Crime Top Stories Two Virginia State Police troopers hurt in separate incidents

    Two Virginia State Police troopers hurt in separate incidents

    Two Virginia State Police troopers have been injured in separate accidents today. In the most recent incident, a trooper had stopped a traffic violator on the shoulder of the westbound lanes of I-66, just east of the Beltway/I-495 interchange. The trooper was standing next to the violator’s car when a passing vehicle ran off the road and collided with the vehicles stopped on the shoulder. The trooper was struck during the course of the collision. The trooper and three others have […]

    Read more →
  • Police & Crime Prince William Top Stories Virginia State Police trooper injured in crash

    Virginia State Police trooper injured in crash

    A Virginia State Police trooper is recovering after his vehicle was struck by an out-of-control SUV in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. Tuesday along the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near the 152 mile marker. Trooper I.J. Dallam Sr., was parked off the left side of Interstate 95 (where the former HOV lanes used to merge into southbound I-95) and running stationary radar on southbound traffic. A 2000 Ford Explorer was traveling at an excessive rate […]

    Read more →
  • Top Stories Transportation Connolly “stunned” at revelations, warns of Metro “safety gap”

    Connolly “stunned” at revelations, warns of Metro “safety gap”

    The Ranking Member of a House Subcommittee that on Friday will look at Washington Metrorail safety in the wake of the January 12 Yellow Line fatal smoke incident says he will focus on six urgent federal recommendations on ventilation just issued by the National Transportation Safety Board. Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Ranking member of the House Government Operations Subcommittee, said “Frankly, it is stunning that WMATA would need NTSB to remind it that the Metrorail system should have a ventilation […]

    Read more →
  • Falls Church Great Falls Herndon McLean Politics Top Stories Vienna Jennifer Chronis announces candidacy in Dranesville District

    Jennifer Chronis announces candidacy in Dranesville District

    Today, Great Falls resident Jennifer Chronis announced her campaign for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors-Dranesville District, picking up the endorsement of Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield). The seat is now held by John W. Foust. “Fairfax County is at a crossroads. The decline in federal spending is impacting our local economy after decades of prosperity, limiting the revenue that we need to invest in our schools, transportation and other needs that are critical to our quality of life,” Chronis said. “The […]

    Read more →
  • Health Top Stories Suspected Fairfax measles case tests negative

    Suspected Fairfax measles case tests negative

    The Fairfax County Health Department says a suspected case of measles has tested negative. The department had said yesterday (Tuesday) that it was investigating a possible case in an unnamed Fairfax County resident but today said tests came back negative. People who have received at least one dose of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in the past are at very low risk of being infected with measles. Measles is easily preventable through safe and effective MMR vaccine. The best […]

    Read more →
  • Health Top Stories Possible measles case in Fairfax

    Possible measles case in Fairfax

    The Fairfax County Health Department is currently investigating a suspected case of measles in a Fairfax County resident. Test results will not be known for approximately 24 hours. Health officials are currently identifying potential exposure sites, and the individual is in self-isolation at home. No other details will be announced until test results become available. If the case is positive, a news conference will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 11. People who have received at least one dose of measles, […]

    Read more →
  • Police & Crime Top Stories Warner offers tips to Virginians affected by Anthem data breach

    Warner offers tips to Virginians affected by Anthem data breach

    U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) provided a variety of useful resources and an online form on his Senate website today for Virginians potentially impacted by the cyberattack targeting Anthem to contact his office for assistance. Anthem, Virginia’s largest health insurer and the provider serving state and federal employees and retirees, announced today that hackers recently gained access to up to 80 million customer names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, mail and email addresses, employment and income information. Anthem reportedly is […]

    Read more →